FCC chairman says California’s net neutrality bill is ‘egregious’ and ‘illegal’

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that California’s newly passed net neutrality bill is “egregious,” “radical, anti-consumer,” and “illegal” in a speech on Friday. The bill, which was passed last month but has not yet been signed into law, enacts even stricter net neutrality rules than those the FCC recently overturned. But it goes up against at least one major blockade: a commission rule banning state net neutrality laws.

Pai, naturally, believes the FCC’s rule will stand up, which would make California’s law illegal. He says that internet is an interstate service, so “it follows that only the federal government can set regulatory policy in this area.”

California legislators either believe this…

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